The woman became the designated babysitter against her will in her family at the age of 14. She decided to take a stand for herself.
It can be fun to be around babies and take care of them for a while. However, when it happens repeatedly against your will and your presence is considered to be nothing more than the unsolicited babysitter, it can get annoying. u/TheLegendaryHaggis mentioned that she went through a similar situation and took a stand for herself. “I never wanted to be a babysitter. But somehow, that's what I always ended up being at every family gathering. It didn't matter if I barely knew the kids or their parents, they would always find a way to dump them on me and disappear,” the woman shared.
Sharing her first experience of the recurring instance, she mentioned that it was when she was only 14 years old. “They handed me the baby and said they were going to get some drinks. They didn't ask me if I wanted to hold him, or if I knew how to take care of him. They just assumed I would be happy to do it,” she remarked. However, that was not the case. “I had never held a baby before and I had no idea what to do with him. He was tiny and fragile and he smelled like milk and diapers. He started crying after a few minutes and I panicked,” expressed the woman. “They had left me alone with their child, without a word of explanation or apology,” she said and added that it went on until she was in her 30s. She had enough of the ruthless treatment she was being served at her family functions.
At one of her husband’s family member’s events, she decided to take a stand for herself. “Once again, parents came over to introduce themselves and left their baby with me even though I told them that I was uncomfortable with them doing so,” she said. She then mentioned that she waited for a whole hour with the baby with the parents nowhere around, even though they said they’d be gone for only “a few minutes.” She then took the baby and looked around for the parents. “I finally spotted them, laughing and chatting with some other relatives with their glasses of wine in hand. They looked relaxed and happy, oblivious to my plight. I marched up to them and thrust the baby into their arms.” she explained.
What followed was an exchange between the parents of the baby and the woman herself. The parents seemed to find no issue in leaving their child with her for so long against her will. However, the woman once again made it clear, “I'm not your babysitter. I'm your sister-in-law. And I came here to enjoy myself, not to look after your kid." Unfortunately, the act continued at the following gatherings. “It became a pattern. They all seemed to think that because I was an only child and because I didn't have kids of my own, I would love to play nanny for them,” the woman revealed. She then made another firm decision and refused to accept invitations.
“I stopped accepting their invitations. They didn't seem to notice or care either. They never asked me why I stopped coming. They never apologized for what they did. They never tried to make it up to me,” she concluded her post. The post received over 1k upvotes and users applauded her for her decision. u/raj0kayshap said, “This happens to me so many times that I get fed up. My wife thinks it's funny. Nowadays, as soon as I'm at a party, I pick up a beer.” u/kisskissfallinlove said, “I think your family already targeted you as the person that can’t say no, but I’m happy you started to stay your ground.”